Ian Kirkpatrick

Undergraduate institution, year, and major 
Mars Hill University, 2017, Political Science and International Studies

Concentration in our program (culture and music or sustainability) 
Culture and Music

Area(s) of research interest 
Ballad singing, clogging, and folklore


Why Appalachian studies? 
I enjoy the idea of analyzing the culture in which I grew up from a scholarly perspective. Finding the reasons behind certain mannerisms and events make them that much more important to me. It makes me want to preserve those things that I had previously taken for granted.


Why did you choose Appalachian State University for your graduate education? 
I wanted to stay in NC after I graduated from Mars Hill. I had a few professors suggest that I apply to App State. They had received their Master's degrees from here, and spoke highly of the program.

Department: Appalachian Studies

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